Community Health

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) has a clearly stated commitment to community service and the improvement of community health as one of the four core missions of the school. The Office of Community Health has responsibility for the development, implementation and oversight of many of the school's community health initiatives.

The most prominent community health activity is the Eric B. Chandler Health Center, a federally funded community health center that is owned and operated by the medical school in collaboration with the Eric B. Chandler Community Board. The center provides care to more than 13,000 patients providing approximately 60,000 encounters per year and includes a community interpreter program.

The Healthier New Brunswick Initiative (HNBI) is an ongoing collaborative effort of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and the City of New Brunswick. This community based initiative seeks to develop and implement projects that will help to insure a nurturing, safe and healthy environment within the city as a whole.

Medical students at RWJMS engage in a variety of community health activities including the Homeless and Indigent Populations Health and Outreach Project (HIPHOP) and the Promise Clinic in New Brunswick and the Healthcare Outreach Project (HOP) in Camden. Many of the institutes, centers and departments throughout the medical school support the school’s commitment to community health and are deeply involved in community health activities.

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